Today is of course St George’s Day – the patron saint of England, but here at Bustle & Sew we are celebrating a much more important (to us) day – it’s Ben’s TENTH birthday!! Yes, the big fellow is ten whole years old!
He has been part of my life, my friend and constant companion, for a decade. When I brought him home (check out his puppy picture above) I could still carry him quite easily and though he soon grew far too large to be picked up, he has always enjoyed cuddles and ear rubs. Yes – that is a full sized five bar gate he’s looking over! He has been with me through so many life changes and events, some amazingly good and others not so much. When he arrived in my life back in 2007 Bustle & Sew wasn’t even thought of, not arriving until two years later – around the time the picture of Ben and his teddy bear was taken.
But now he’s growing old which is why I’ve called this post “A Bittersweet Celebration.” Although Ben’s health is excellent for a giant dog of his age, he suffers with arthritis in his front paws, especially the left one – he broke a little bone in this paw when he was young. He also has laryngeal paralysis that affects his breathing and so he is slowing down considerably. The athletic young dog who loved nothing more than a long walk, preferably with the chance for a swim and to dig boulder-sized rocks out of rockpools has been replaced by a sleepy oldster who gets out of puff very easily and is content to snooze on his bed for most of the day. I am aware that the time is drawing closer far too fast when he won’t be with me any more and so we must make the most of every day he has left. An eleventh birthday would be wonderful, but cannot be relied upon. So we’ll party while he’s here – tuna dog biscuits and peanut butter bakes anyone? – and celebrate his very special day together…
Happy Birthday Ben!
With love from us all here at Bustle & Sew HQ, and in particular your naughty little sister Miss Daisy!